USS Jekyl (AG-135)
|Namesake:||An island off the coast of Georgia|
|Builder:||Wheeler Shipbuilding Corp., Whitestone, Long Island, New York|
|Completed:||date unknown, as USAT FS-282|
|Acquired:||by the U.S. Navy, 22 February 1947, at Apra, Guam, Mariana Islands|
|Commissioned:||2 May 1947 as USS Jekyl (AG-135) at Guam|
|Decommissioned:||12 April 1950, at Seattle, Washington|
|Reclassified:||AKL-6, 31 March 1949|
|Fate:||scrapped, 18 May 1960|
|Type:||Camano-class cargo ship|
|Propulsion:||two 500hp GM Cleveland Division 6-278A 6-cyl V6 diesel engines, twin screws|
|Complement:||26 officers and enlisted|
USS Jekyl (AG-135/AKL-6) was a Camano-class cargo ship constructed for the U.S. Army as USAT FS-282 shortly before the end of World War II and later acquired by the U.S. Navy in 1947. She was configured as a transport and cargo ship and was assigned post-war to support various island outposts in the Pacific Ocean.
Built on Long Island, New York
Jekyl (AG-135) was built in 1944 by Wheeler Shipbuilding Corp., Long Island, New York, for the U.S. Army and served as USAT F8-282 until being transferred to the Navy at Guam 22 February 1947. She was converted to Navy use and commissioned at Guam 2 May 1947, Lt. F. E. Richards in command.
Post-war Pacific Ocean support
One of a group of small Army cargo ships transferred to the Navy for use among the Pacific Ocean islands, Jekyl carried ammunition, food, and supplies to various island bases and outposts.
She operated mainly from Kwajalein Atoll, and steamed through the Mariana Islands and the Caroline Islands to Pearl Harbor in support of occupation forces. The ship also transported officials of the civil governments and helped carry native products as America began to restore normal life to the ravaged Pacific.
On 31 March 1949 she was reclassified AKL-6.
The ship was relieved of her duties in December 1949 and arrived Pearl Harbor on the 15th. From there she steamed to Seattle, Washington, where she decommissioned 12 April 1950, and was placed in reserve at Astoria, Oregon. Jekyl was sold 18 May 1960 and scrapped.
- This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive - FS-282 - AG-135 / AKL-6 Jekyl